Start planning activities to keep the kids from boredom this scorching season. From parks to museums, there is no shortage of places for kids of all ages to stay active and engaged this summer.
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Let your kids explore, create and learn at Thinkery. Pop into the Mueller neighborhood museum for exhibits, programs and classes that focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities. From instructor-led classes to interactive exhibits, Thinkery helps mold the minds of the future generation and gives children the chance to expand their minds and learn new things—all while having fun! 1830 Simond Ave.
When the days start to heat up and you’re searching for a way to cool off, grab the kids and make your way to Bartholomew Pool. The pool comes equipped with two waterslides, a lily pad obstacle, diving board and a shallow section for toddlers–fun for everybody in the family. Austin residents can get in for $3 or less, depending on age group so be sure to grab some cash (and plenty of sunscreen!) before heading over to enjoy a day at the pool. 1800 E. 51st St.
Austin Bouldering Project
An activity worth checking out if your kiddos are looking for something adventurous to do this summer is bouldering: rock climbing without ropes or harnesses. Austin’s largest bouldering gym, Austin Bouldering Project, has drawn in both new and experienced climbers since opening in 2015. ABP offers youth programs like camps and birthday parties, as well as day passes and classes. Children younger than 14 must be supervised during their visit, so grab yourself a day pass, put on your climbing shoes and join them on the boulders! 979 Springdale Rd. #150
Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
If you’re looking for a fun, affordable place for your kids to hang out, then Millennium is the place to be. The city-run entertainment complex features bowling, roller skating, a movie theater, food court and arcade games, most of which are under $5—a more than reasonable price to pay for the amount of activities available. Kids can spend a whole day here without running out of things to do, so keep this in mind for those long, hot summer days. Millennium is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. 1156 Hargrave Street
East Communities YMCA
Pool time is a must during the summer months, and Eastside Communities YMCA is another great option for East-siders. Members can enjoy the YMCA facilities, which include a kid-friendly pool, complete with mini waterpark features like a slide and splash pads. The YMCA offers swimming lessons, swim leagues and open swim every day. 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
Capital of Texas Zoo
About 20 miles east of Austin is Capital of Texas Zoo, the largest and fastest growing zoo in Central Texas. For the animal lovers in the family, the Capital of Texas Zoo is a worthwhile adventure without having to drive to major zoos in San Antonio or Houston. Plan a day trip to Cedar Creek for the kids to see more than 400 animals, from monkeys to hippos and everything in between. 376-A Jenkins Rd., Cedar Creek, TX